The name of Nicolas Lombaerts has appeared on this site before and the versatile Belgian international was first linked with a move to White Hart Lane at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Lombaerts was voted the best overseas player in the Russian Premier League during 2011-12 but there are suggestions that the 28 year old has fallen out of favour with his boss at Zenit St Petersburg – former Roma manager Luciano Spalletti.
A compatriot of Jan Vertonghen, Lombaerts is similar to our current defender in that he is comfortable playing at either centre half of left back so can cover both positions if necessary. However, the Belgian international is more regularly utilised in the centre of defence where the opportunities for regular game time are far slimmer.
The defender’s contract runs out in a year’s time so Zenit have reached that stage where they may have to make a decision on the player before having to release him next summer and all reports suggest that Lombaerts will be on his way.
But will it be destination White Hart Lane? Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas have intimated that Benoit Assou-Ekotto would be staying at the club but while all the weekend talk has been about Paulinho and David Villa, Nicolas Lombaerts is now odds on with some bookmakers to be playing in the white half of North London next season.